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16 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 16 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?—the weekend ahead. And don’t check out the February Guide for other events.

MONDAY, FEB. 16

KARAOKE: The second season of L.A.'s only karaoke league is underway, with contestants competing on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at TRiP in Santa Monica and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.9 on Vine in WeHo. You might think it's odd to go watch people do karaoke rather than do it yourself, but you won't be disappointed by the talent this competition has managed to wrangle. Plus, it's kind of a hilarious theme: 'Songs Your Dad Likes.' Following the competition, there will be open karaoke for you to try your larynx at a tune, and perhaps catch the ear of a future teammate for season three.

MUSIC: Avid Dancer began his Monday night residency this month at The Echo. On the bill for February 16 are Kera and the Lesbians and Captions. The show starts at 8:30 pm. Free with RSVP. 21+.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 17

MUSIC: Every first and third Tuesday at the Monte Cristo in Koreatown brings Warlok, a dark dance party for folks who enjoy wearing only black. Expect to hear industrial, dark wave, synth and lots of moody witch house. It's $8 to get in, but you can score a cheaper cover by showing up before 10:30 p.m. (doors are at 10 p.m.) and joining the event on Facebook here.

PUNK ROCK: On Tuesday at Pehrspace in Westlake, check out L.A. punk duo Slutever with Lisa Prank and Moaning. Slutever is riff-heavy, irreverent and fun and just what your Tuesday needs. Doors at 7:30 p.m. $5

MARDI GRAS PARTY: Mardi Gras is this week! You can get a taste of the Big Easy at numerous places around Los Angeles, but we like the sounds of Sassafras' event on Tuesday at 9 p.m. There will be burlesque, music from the Street Gumbo Grass Band and frozen cocktails, just like you find in the Quarter. Mmm, frozen Irish coffee.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18

DANCE PARTY: Downtown's The Lash will host an LGBTQ dance party geared towards ladies called Siren this Wednesday at 8 p.m. DJs Savannah, Lyt, KRZA and LMK will be spinning '90s and modern pop and hip-hop. It's $5 to get in, but free before 10:30 p.m. with RSVP. 21+.

SCULPTURE: L.A. artist Ben Jackel will open a new exhibit, American Imperium, at L.A. Louver in Venice this Wednesday. This is Jackel's third solo show in the space, and is focused on the history of warfare. The show is titled after a bust of President Theodore Roosevelt, but there are also sculptures of large helmets, axes and other recognizable objects. Following the reception on Wednesday at 6 p.m., the show will remain on display through March 28.

BOOKS: David Duchovny will be signing copies of his new novel, Holy Cow at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove this Wednesday at 7 p.m.Holy Cow is a satire about a cow named Elsie Bovary organizes an escape from the farm after learning about the industrial meat complex. Free.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18 — THURSDAY, FEB. 19

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FILM: On Wednesday and Thursday, you can catch a double feature of classic science fiction at New Beverly Cinema. First up is The Andromeda Strain, a 1971 film based on the Michael Crichton novel of the same name about a group of scientists investigating a deadly alien organism that causes humans' blood to clot and turn to powder. The second film is the 1970 thriller Colossus: The Forbin Project about an American computer that becomes sentient and attempts to take over the world. The first film starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $8.

THURSDAY, FEB. 19

COMEDY: Heart of Darkness is a well-loved comedy, music and weird science showcase from New York. This week, you can catch it at Cinefamily in Hollywood on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Greg Barris, the show promises "transformative live psychomagic" from Rory Scovel, Kate Berlant, Everything is Terrible and Superjail. This episode of Heart of Darkness is titled, simply, 'Sex Majick.' $14, free for members.

JAZZ: I'm not sure a year ago anyone would have anticipated the Powerhouse in Hollywood hosting a jazz night, but ever since it transformed from a well-loved dive bar into a classy, little cocktail bar, anything is possible. On Thursdays, Drop3 performs live jazz while customers can sip on the craft cocktails and beers.

COMEDY: Dub-a-Dub-Dub at UCB's new Sunset location features a team of comedians re-dubbing clips from films and television. This Thursday at 10:30 p.m., it's TV sit-comes with comics D'Arcy Carden (Broad City), Harry Chaskin (Robot Chicken), Echo Kellum (Rick & Morty) and more. $5.

ONGOING

GIMMICKY VENDING MACHINE: As FOX prepares to premiere Last Man on Earth, a comedy about a man who is the sole survivor of a plague, they've got one of those Los Angeles gimmicks for you to try. Those who send a tweet with #laststuffonearth will receive a DM containing a code which can be redeemed at a vending machine at Hollywood and Highland (between Sephora and Forever 21). You might receive food items, first aid kits or a $250 gift card to American Airlines. The vending machine will be operational from now until February 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.

ART: LACMA presents Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East, the first major installation of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East. The exhibition in the museum’s Ahmanson Building features about 25 works by artists from Iran and the Arab world, including Shirin Neshat, Susan Hefuna, Lalla Essaydi, Mitra Tabrizian, Mona Hatoum, Hassan Hajjaj, Wafaa Bilal, Barbad Golshiri, and Youssef Nabil, among others. The exhibition is included with general admission ($15 for adults).

ART+MUSIC: The GRAMMY Museum's latest exhibition, All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur, explores the hip-hop artist’s songwriting and his “legacy as a magnetic performer, charismatic actor, heartfelt poet and outspoken social activist.” The exhibit features handwritten lyrics and poems and artifacts from his career as a solo artist and his time with the Digital Underground. Admission: $10-$12.95.

ART: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters is a show at Fahey/Klein Gallery that includes works by photographer Sandro Miller. He honors the men and women who created the images that helped shape his career and has a little help from his friend and collaborator John Malkovich. The actor participated as the character(s) in each of the the 41 selected images. The works will be on view through March 21.